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June 30, 2009

LIVEDESIGN's TQ [Today's Headlines]

 STARBUCKS, JAMBA JUICE DEBUT NEW FOOD MENUS. WHY ARE YOU NOT SCARED?
 FOOD SAFETY: PICK YOUR POISON
 IS RESTAURANT SPENDING ON THE REBOUND?

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STARBUCKS, JAMBA JUICE DEBUT NEW FOOD MENUS. WHY ARE YOU NOT SCARED?

Full-service operators have long conceded much of the coffee market to Starbucks, thankful that the 7,100-store chain (with 4,000 more “licensed” units) never figured out how to sell food effectively. The coffee giant unveiled its latest food gambit on June 29, promising not to fail this time around. Should you fear it—or a similar new push by another standalone beverage concept, 732-store smoothie giant Jamba Juice?

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business.comcast.com


FOOD SAFETY: PICK YOUR POISON

Are we really writing a story about the two least-sexy topics in the restaurant world, insurance and foodborne illness? You bet we are after learning that a New Jersey judge decreed that companies selling the former must pay claims of restaurants that experience the latter, no matter how cleverly exclusions might have been buried in a policy’s fine print. If there’s one thing that would help full-service restaurant operators sleep better at night, this kind of insurance might be it.

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www.butterballfoodservice.com

IS RESTAURANT SPENDING ON THE REBOUND?

Americans may not be convinced the recession is over, but they are loosening the purse strings a bit more for food and dining out, according to a personal finance website. Mint.com recently analyzed data from its million-plus users and determined that spending across eight categories during the first quarter of this year dropped 17 percent versus the same quarter last year. The only exception: food and dining, which grew—by a paltry two percent.

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www.murgent.com


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